Bernice Elizabeth


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Bernice Elizabeth Cattrell

Jan 31 1925 - Jan 28 2012

Bernice Elizabeth Cattrell, age 86 of Frisco, Texas passed away on January 28, 2012 in Plano, Texas. She was born on January 31, 1925 in New Market, Maryland to Talmadge William and Roberta Virginia (Sewell) Fossett. Bernice had one daughter, Linda Caldwell. Bernice graduated from Empire State College and New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University with a certificate in Labor Studies on June 25, 1976. She worked as a Secretary-Treasurer of Local 463 IUE AFL-CIO. She lived in New York most of her life moving to Texas in August of 2006 to be with her family. In her life she had many accomplishments. She was recognized by Local 463 for many years of dedicated service as a local officer, shop chairlady and local 463 Welfare Fund Trustee in May of 1970; appointed Social Action Director of District 3 IUE AFL-CIO in May of 1978; awarded Kennedy-King Human Rights Award for outstanding performance in implementing IUE’s social action program in September, 1982; recognized for distinguished service to the New Jersey Occupational Advisory Committee in May, 1986; recognized for her devotion and dedication to the goals of equality and justice for all people in October, 1988 and she was awarded the District Three “Sonny Solimine” Human Rights Award in June, 1989. Bernice is survived by her granddaughter, Kita Ocasio and her husband, Jorge; great-grandson, Lahmeik Stacey; sisters, Barbara Faizul and Carolyn Sedat; sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Bernice is preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Caldwell; first husband, Hayes Caldwell and her second husband, Frank Cattrell. The family will receive friends at a Visitation to be held at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 3, 2012 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Frisco. A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens in New Jersey.
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